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July 22, 2014


Why Obama Will Not Get to Appoint a New Justice

Jeff Greenfield: "It's a question that's roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won't 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate turns Republican after the mid-terms?"

"Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of the left's jurisprudential heroes, had a ready answer to that question when it was posed to him at the University of California Santa Barbara late last month. There is, he said, not a chance in hell that this Senate would confirm her successor, no matter who he or she might be--not the way the process works today. And therein lies a tale about just how drastically the 'advise and consent' process has changed, and why the smart bet would be on a paralyzed process, and perhaps even a Court with fewer than nine Justices, no matter what happens in November."












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